Alan Parsons Live Project LIVE! at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

Alan Parsons Live Project LIVE!
at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills
Friday, February 7, 2020
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In 2018 Alan Parsons received the Grammy award for Best Immersive Audio Album after being previously nominated 13 times! And they also played at Burning Man! The band opened with about 50 minutes of hits and performed the entire album “I, Robot”, finishing up with an encore at Reverbia camp.

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And so, because we missed them at Burning Man, we bought a ticket to the show!
Our original ticket was for the front row of the Mezzanine, and they were upgrading tickets because it was far from a sellout show. At first, we declined the upgraded ticket, but when we got to our seat, the band’s photographer was setting up a video camera directly in front of where we’d be sitting. So we found the General Manager and he gave us a good ticket in the Orchestra section (Row B).

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The seat was excellent, and the seats on both sides were empty, so no stranger’s elbows, knees or other physical intrusions to contend with. And sitting right behind us was invited celebrity Adam Carolla (from KROQ radio, “The Man Show”, “Crankyankers”, “Loveline”, and his famous podcast) and his friend who was “with the band.”
NOTE: the friend was “Chatty Cathy” all through the show giving Adam a running commentary on the music, the band, and his connections…. luckily the music was loud enough that it pretty much drowned out their conversation. It was cool when Alan Parsons dedicated and played the song “La Sagrada Familia” during the show per Adam Corolla’s request and gave him a shout out.  Adam yells “YOU’RE WELCOME BITCHES!” 

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“How do you get to Vilshire?”

“Is that you John Wayne?” or is it Larry Flynt?
It’s the John Wayne statue in front of the 10 story oval shaped bronze colored Flynt Building at 8484 Wilshire Blvd and La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Hills, 90210. The land was once a miniature golf course owned by Mary Pickford in the 1930’s. Built in 1972, it was originally the Great Western Savings Bank building, and John Wayne was their TV pitchman. When he died in 1979 they erected the cowboy statue. Great Western sold the building to Larry Flynt and “Hustler” magazine in 1994 for $18.3 million, and then Flynt sold the building for $89 million in 2013 to the Douglas Emmett company, and signed a long term office lease with them.

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THE SABAN THEATRE – 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills 90210
The historic Art Deco Fox Wilshire Theatre was designed by architect S. Charles Lee and opened in September 1930. It was a 2500 seat movie palace with a stage for performance. In 1981 it was converted to a performance venue and in 2009 it was renamed the Saban Theatre (after a $5 million dollar grant from Haim and Cheryl Saban). The Temple of the Arts, a Jewish religious organization, has owned and operated the building since 2005. The building is on the National and State Registry of Historic Places and has also been designated a Beverly Hills Landmark. The lighting, sound, and event space was redone and the theatre now seats ~2000 people in the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony.

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You Have Been Warned!

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We arrived early and found metered street parking on La Cienega close to Wilshire! The meters weren’t active so we parked for FREE! We walked two blocks to the Saban Theatre and picked up our ticket at WillCall. There weren’t a lot of people out front, just people stopping before going in, and a couple of guys looking for a ticket to the show…. but it wasn’t sold out, so it wasn’t quite clear why they were looking for tickets.

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Alan Parsons Live Project Merchandise For Sale

We went inside, cleared Security and the metal detectors, and entered the beautiful rotunda lobby. Beer and wine bar on the left, merchandise booth on the right, hard alcohol bar straight ahead, and Men’s room upstairs. We checked out the space, bought a small bottled water for $3.00 and used the restroom upstairs before it got busy. We also went to our seat in the Mezzanine and scoped out the Balcony while we were upstairs, and that’s when we encountered the band’s photographer. So we went downstairs, spoke with the Manager, and then went to our new seat in the Orchestra.

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The Hard Alcohol Bar in the Lobby of the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

It’s a beautiful proscenium arch theatre that’s been restored to reflect the original design by S. Charles Lee while being adapted for modern concerts and Broadway shows. The Art Deco interior was lit with purple and blue lighting to enhance the complex design details.

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THE SHOW!
Started at a little late after 9pm and they played a fantastic 45 minute long first set. There was half hour intermission and then they played another great hour long second set with encore. The show ended just before 11:30pm.

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The Alan Parsons Live Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills 2-7-2020

THE SET LIST:
(and with the exception of a few songs from “I, Robot”
it was pretty close to the show they played at Burning Man)

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THE BAND:
Alan Parsons – guitar, vocals, keyboard
P.J. Olsson – vocals
Jeff Kolman – lead guitar, vocals
Todd Cooper – guitar, saxophone, vocals, flute
Dan Tracey – guitar, vocals
Guy Erez – bass guitar
Danny Thompson – drums
Tom Brooks – keyboards

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The Alan Parsons Live Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills 2-7-2020

Such a talented group of gifted musicians! And they rocked! We had a conversation at Intermission with our seat neighbor about how good the band was, how some classic bands just don’t have it anymore, and how this was not the case with Alan Parsons. And the technical aspects of the show were also terrific. They had a great sound system and a good light show, but of course the music was the star of the show.

Check out the vid we shot (and also check out the other vids on our YouTube channel):

They are touring in support of their new music “The Secret” available on all formats now.

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Alan Parsons (official website)> http://www.alanparsons.com
Alan Parsons Project (official website)> http://www.the-alan-parsons-project.com
Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording> http://www.artandscienceofsound.com
(You can pay to view his groundbreaking video series on music production)
NOTE:
Alan Parsons engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon
and countless other classic hit records!

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Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Random Pics of Los Angeles (part one)

Random Pics of Los Angeles (part one)

Had a meeting in Santa Monica yesterday, so I made the drive and took some cool pics. I wanted to cruise to Malibu, but there was major construction and a “traffic delay” on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Thought I’d share some of the pics I took plus a few others from other trips that I haven’t posted that are also interesting.

Here are some (hence the part one) in no particular order or narrative:

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West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tunnel Vision – McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Cruisin’ West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Wilshire blvd at Midvale in Westwood (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Cruisin’ West LA – 10 freeway Transition to 405 freeway north (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Pacific Ocean from the California Incline in Santa Monica (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Travel Massive at The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel

Travel Massive Los Angeles March 2014 Event

The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel

I was invited to the Travel Massive Los Angeles event last month, but time and traffic prevented me from attending. So last night, on a cool Tuesday evening in March, I drove over the hill and down to the Miracle Mile for the event at The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire.

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Wilshire Boulevard, “the Miracle Mile” (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

On Wilshire Boulevard, between Crescent Heights and La Jolla, stands The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel.

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Going Up! Switch elevators on the sixth floor and ride on up to The Roof.

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The Roof on Wilshire: bar and restaurant area with limited seating, two cabanas, flanked by couch seating, and small tables on the patio around the pool:

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The Bar and Restaurant: (food by Executive Chef Eric Greenspan)

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Nice Bar at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Free Cocktail Tuesday! Vodka and seven. (one drink ticket and a cash tip)

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Cocktail Time at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Party on the Pool Patio! Cocktails and networking with a fun mix of new people.

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There were introductions, “thank yous” and a couple of short speeches:

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The event was sponsored by the wonderful Tourism Authority of Thailand:

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Tourism Authority of Thailand at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And then there was a raffle prize drawing:

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Raffle Prize Drawing at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Pool Patio at night – great views with lots of city lights in the distance:

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Nice view! Looking east down Wilshire:

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I won some cool luggage!

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A medium size heavy duty rolling duffle bag with a hard plastic back and bottom, wheels and a retractable handle embroidered with the Thailand text: (very cool!)

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Big thanks to Travel Massive Los Angeles, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and all the folks at The Roof and The Hotel Wilshire for a very nice event!

The Hotel Wilshire6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Party at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel 20 March 2014

Beverly Hills, California – Thursday 6pm

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Hosted Event at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire = Great Party!

We’re a Four Season’s Preferred Partner and we get special incentives, upgrades and amenities for our clients when booking accomodations worldwide!

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Marble everyway! Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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The Ballroom – Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beautiful Detail on the Elevator Doors:

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Up to the Second Floor, the Rodeo Plaza Patio and the Travel Industry Reception Party!

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On The Menu: Grey Goose and Seven-Up, Mini sliders with cheese, crab legs in sake-mushroom broth, shrimp dim-sum, chicken potstickers, skirt steak in orange sauce, chicken in sauce, ceviche with all the fixings, a potato/goat cheese foam with black truffles and celery root puree, creamy crab in sesame cones, smoked salmon on crackers and then dessert….

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Top Shelf! Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Tiny Slider! Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Crab Legs! Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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FOAM! Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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And then DESSERT:

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Dessert sampler: cannoli, lemon meringue tart, raspberries and cream in a chocolate cookie, milk chocolate hazelnut truffles and milk chocolate salted caramels.

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And then MORE.

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View of Wilshire Blvd – Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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View of Rodeo Drive – Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Mini-Bar! (Very tempting, even after all that food!)

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Wilshire Blvd and Rodeo Drive (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beverly Hills – Thursday 8pm

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Not just a fun event, I was working!

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Dinner at Melisse

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Dinner at Melisse (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A welcome card with a box of chocolate truffles waiting on the table:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

For my birthday, we went to Melisse in Santa Monica.  It was an amazing dinner!  Great food and wine, good service and a wonderful “foodie” experience. Thanks!  $$$$$!

We decided on the four course meal.  They have a ten course meal, an ala carte menu, and a “let the chef decide” menu, but the four course menu choices were the most appealing to my tastebuds.  Ready, let’s begin.

Amuse bouche – Cherry tomato with a almond panna cotta herb crust and a (“reconstituted”) tomato emulsion with an olive oil center.  I love molecular gastronomy!

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Six kinds of bread: french sourdough, brioche, basil brioche, chibatta, olive chibatta, and bacon focaccia to choose from: (they bring it on a platter and let you choose)

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Appetizer:

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Oyster Granita on the half shell with a Bombay Gin froth served on a bed of sea shells

Amuse bouche – Gaspacho tomato concentrate with a cucumber cream:

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The Wine List: (and big thanks to Brian the Sommelier for his great recommendations!)

Champagne Tasting

Champagne Tasting – we tried two kinds and settled on the fruity one

White Wine

White Wine – a German vintage from Napa, California

Red Wine Tasting

Red Wine Tasting – we liked the French Cabernet Sauvignon

First Course:

Santa Barbara Spotted Prawns

Santa Barbara Spotted Prawns with a herb sauce and fresh herbs

Coconut Sweet Onion Soup

Coconut Sweet Onion Soup with tasty “reconstituted” crisps  – WINNER!

More bread!

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Second Course:

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King Salmon with snap peas, vegetable mix and a cucumber dill sauce

Black Truffles in a Humidor displayed tableside

Black Truffles in a Humidor displayed tableside before shaving on to the truffle egg

Truffle Egg

Truffle Egg – poached egg with truffle froth, truffle sauce and a lot of shaved black truffle served with a thick slice of toasted and buttered brioche bread – WINNER!

The Main Course:

Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 kinds of salt, 3 kinds of pepper

French Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 kinds of salt, 3 kinds of pepper for the entree

We decide to have the Cote de Beouf for two (there’s an extra charge, but it was worth it).  They present it and carve it tableside.

Cote de Boeuf for two carved table side

Cote de Boeuf for two carved table side

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Cote de Boeuf for two carved table side

Cote de Boeuf

Cote de Boeuf with sauteed mushrooms and a pastie filled with onion and ricotta cheese

NOTE: I took the rib bone home and had it for lunch the next day.  It was one of the best beef ribs I’ve ever eaten!

And then Dessert! (We decided not to have the cheese plate, which I’m told is spectacular…)

Amuse bouche – caramel corn, popcorn sherbert, nut crisp with a caramel water sauce to cleanse the palette:

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Chocolate souffle’ injected tableside with melted chocolate, a concentrated chocolate mousse with a mint leaf, and a chocolate tart with caramel sauce, toasted cookie crisps and painted chocolate pieces:

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

And then a plate of petit fours as a final indulgence (which I had to take “to go”):

Chocolate filled with caramel, mini chocolate chip cookie, carmelized dough, a sugared orange gel, and a lime and yuzo macaroon.  There was also a white peach slice, but that didn’t make it home.

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There’s a reason Melisse is rated one of the best places in the country!  If you have the opportunity and the money, I whole heartedly recommend you experience this restaurant.

Melisse Restaurant1104 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th), Santa Monica

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